New York's Chinatown is a cultural haven full of ancient and exotic traditions, and a huge amount of restaurants. This ... More
New York's Chinatown is a cultural haven full of ancient and exotic traditions, and a huge amount of restaurants. This bustling and crowded neighborhood is home to over half of the city's Chinese population. In the grocery stores and fruit stands, you will find many food items available nowhere else in the city, from exotic fruit and vegetables to live snails and dried shrimp. Excellent Thai, Vietnamese, and Korean restaurants have joined the mix. Every lunar new year, the streets are filled with the hubbub of the Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade.
We were in NYC for a Dance Competition and took one day to take the subway to canal street to go to Chinatown. Emerging from the subway you immediantly see a sign that says "thieves din't discriminate due to what brand of handbag you carry..guard your purse".
I immediantly felt I was transported into a movie set. There were chanel sunglasses out in the open and purses. I had been told to look for storefronts with doors in the back.
My daughter and her friend had managed to already get back there (They are 18) and I had to convince the storeowner i was her Mom and to let me back with her and she complied. We bought our first set of goodies there emerging with them in black bags.
the next adventure began when a jamacian (?) man who had a mini photo sheet of handbags approached us. We selected the brand we wanted and followed him up a few streets. he dropped us off to a Chinese lady who we followed for several more block who walked very fast and kept saying "hurry". She took us to a building where we saw some people exiting. the stairway was dim and there were people behind us and in front of us as well as those coming down the steps.
Each flight of steps was the equilivant of 2. After ascending 7 of these we emerged into pure heaven. Not a big room but filled with everything you can omagine.
Bring lots of money and bargin, if they don't take it before you leave you can always renegotiate.
Chanel, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, Coach and many others. Daughters friend also bought Tiffany jewlery.
Can't wait to return. Not for small children.
Chinatown is awesome!!! I bought 14 purses, yes 14. I keep finding one I liked better. I brought them home to TX and everyone wanted one. I bought some of the purses at Times Square from people selling them out of a blanket. They were more expensive and not as good of a knockoff as the ones in Chinatown. It was a little scary at first following someone into a back alley and going into a building with them locking the doors behind you. After a couple of times it was no big deal. Watch your prices you should not ever have to pay over $40.00 for a purse. I got some really good purses. I came home and bought a coin purse in the real deal for as much as I got the wallet and the purse for in Chinatown. It matches perfect. Just the leather tag on the outside looks a little different. Be sure and eat in Little Italy. Positano's has the best lasagne I have ever had!!! A good price also. NYC was more than I had ever dreamed possible. I hope to go back soon!!!!
I was not impressed with Chinatown. I LOVE New York, but I couldn't car less to see Chinatown again. Thre was nothing there to interest the kids (or myself). It was so crowded, we had to walk in the street to get around. So many people are on the sidewalks buying stuff or looking at things to buy that the crowd just does not move. Of course it was a weekend. Just not my thing. There are so many other beautiful, fun things to do in NYC!
I loved Chinatown. It was a nice place, but crowded to get away and shop until you drop. A lot of discounted priced items that you will love. Please take plenty of money. Be careful because there are a lot of people and it is crowded.
A busy part of Lower Manhattan but tons of things to do as you enter the lower east side. Went to a club call "205" and had a nice time and a good crowd. Heard Alex from Tokyo on the decks. He did a good job rocking the crowd.
not the cleanest part of town but where in NYC is.. Check out if you feel like doing something different.
go to Chinatown where you can see a little piece of China in NYC! Hustle and bustling streets with live frogs for sale, seafood and vegetables you've never seen before in your life, it's a one of a kind place in NYC.
Personally after being stationed in Korea for a year. The shopping is not as good as Korea itself, but for people who have never been anywhere but the states. Its unique. Lotsa bargains on trinkets and souveniers and such. Been there, done that.
Make sure you go to the bathroom before you get to Chinatown..
By A Yahoo Contributor, 1/8/07
Don't rely on fast food restaurants for restrooms. We were yelled and screamed at for trying to use them without first buying food. So, we bought a few bottles of water and tried to use the restroom, were yelled at again, and then they closed it for the day and we were pretty much kicked out. Chinatown is also VERY crowded, and the store owners watch you like a hawk. They're always RIGHT over your shoulder. But, good experience and great food. It's still a nice place to go.
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